Minister of Works says the bad state of roads in Nigeria is the fault of past administrations.
The deplorable state of roads in Nigeria is the fault of past governments in Nigeria, the current Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, said on Friday.
Mr. Onolememen said this at the Academy of Entrepreneurial Studies, AES, Excellence Club 3rd Annual CEO’s Dinner/Awards Night in Lagos on Friday.
The minister said the poor state of the roads is inimical to the nation’s development, adding that the development of societies like America is due to the success in the management of its roads.
He stressed the need for greater investments in the construction and maintenance of good road network to enhance the nation’s economy.
“Attitudinal change in management and financing of roads in Nigeria is needed to enhance development in our country,” Mr. Onolememen said.
The minister said that investments in road infrastructure are needed to achieve the transformation agenda of the government for Nigeria to be among the top 20 economies of the world by 2020.
He said Nigeria’s road infrastructure has to grow from the current 194,000 Km to about 300,000.
Mr. Onolememen, who received the Minister of the Year Award at the event, said the ministry is initiating policies to develop the country’s road infrastructure.
He commended members of the AES Excellence Club, who, according to him, have made positive impact in the nation’s socio-economic growth.
The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, also received the club’s “Governor of the Year Award”
The Deputy Governor of Lagos, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who was inducted into the club, was awarded a Fellowship for her outstanding contributions to the development of women and children in the state.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Olorogun Emerhor, Group Vice Chairman of Standard Alliance Insurance Group.
The chairman of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment programme, Christopher Kolade, and elder statesman, Maitama Sule, received the “Life-Time Achievement Awards.”
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